Dan chats to Collider about Summer In February, Night At The Museum 3, The Cobbler...
In a new interview for Collider, Dan chats about Downton Abbey, Summer In February, The Cobbler (which he just finished filming) and The Tomorrow People. Read it all on Collider.
Collider: When your old teacher wrote this novel and become something of a local celebrity when it came out, could you ever have imagined that you’d be here, all these years later, promoting the film’s release?
DAN STEVENS: No, not at all. It’s been such an amazing emotional journey, apart from anything else. I first read this when I was 15. As you said, there was a bit of a buzz around it, when it was published. That happens when a teacher at a school publishes a book. Everyone likes to make a little fuss about it, albeit on a small scale. Everybody I knew that read the book, at the time, said, “This would make a great movie.” But, I was 15 and didn’t really think “I’m gonna produce this movie, one day.” That’s not what was on my mind. Jonathan [Smith] had directed me in a lot of school plays, and he used to joke about, “Well, if my work ever gets made into a movie, you should play Gilbert. Ha ha ha!” And I would brush it off and not think anything of it. And then, about seven or eight years later, he introduced me to this guy, Jeremy Cowdrey, who’s one of the other producers on the movie, and he was very, very passionate about the book also, and wanted to turn it into a movie. At the time, I was just starting out as an actor, and certainly was in no position to be producing a movie. But, we worked on the script and the story, and we developed it for about seven or eight years. And then, my career started to evolve and take off, a little bit, and it looked like it might be viable to actually make this thing. And so, about two years ago, we kicked into action, and the result is what you see. But, I’ve been with the story and haunted by the character of Florence for pretty much half my life. I haven’t been developing it that long, but it feels like it’s been with me a long time. It’s a passion project.
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